PFAS: Sounding the Alarm

June 2, 2023 | Suhani Chitalia, IPC Environmental Regulatory Affairs Manager

Man-made chemicals known as PFAS have regulators busy trying to address previous releases and prevent future releases of this chemical into the environment from widespread uses in manufacturing processes and products used across the globe. PFAS chemicals tend to be persistent in the environment and they have been used long enough and in enough applications that their unwanted presence in the environment has public health policymakers concerned.

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

June 2, 2023 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

This week has been both speedy and newsy. Of course, those two characteristics often seem to travel as a pair, don’t they? A four-day week here in the United States, accompanied by a wave of high-impact news from a wide variety of sources, would suggest that readers could be expected to spread out all over the news map. Not so much, judging from readership numbers; folks all found their highest value in the same type of news coverage. This week's list of must-reads is dominated by market reports as a result of that focused readership. On our list, we have PCB fabrication and EMS book-to-bill reports, a 10-year market forecast report, and a supply chain sentiment report. In addition, readers flocked to the EWPTE show coverage. Finally, we saw significant reader interest in the most recent podcast on sustainability in our logistical operations.



The New Chapter: A Mini Manufacturing Ecosystem

May 30, 2023 | Hannah Nelson & Paige Fiet, IPC Emerging Engineers

A manufacturing facility is set up like a miniature business ecosystem. Within it, a product is handed from one department to another, with more features and materials added in each step in the process. Most of the time, one process...

It’s Only Common Sense: The Problem With Reps and Principals

May 29, 2023 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

What’s wrong with the reps? What’s wrong with the principals? How will we fix this problem between the two? This is part two of my continuing series on the issue between the two sides. The questions I posed are ones I get...

Punching Out: With M&A Deals, Timing is Everything

May 25, 2023 | Tom Kastner, GP Ventures, Ltd.

Business owners frequently ask whether the time is right to sell their business. Timing can make all the difference in getting a premium value for your business. If all signs are positive, more buyers will be interested, investors and...

Material Insight: My Journey From Atomic Lattices to Circuit Boards

May 23, 2023 | Preeya Kuray, AGC Multi Material America

Although I fell into the PCB world somewhat accidentally, I remember the exact moment I knew I wanted to become a material scientist. At an undergraduate engineering information fair, I saw the breadth of research possible within the...

Customer Service Featuring:

  • Dan Beaulieu’s Five Favorite Customer Service Columns an I-Connect007 Compilation
  • A Mini Manufacturing Ecosystem by Paige Fiet
  • Customer Service Starts With a Quality Product interview with John Johnson
  • The Most Important Thing About Customer Service interview with Marge Laney
  • Positivity Boosts Employee Morale by Todd Kolmodin
  • Knowledge: The Heart of Great Customer Service interview with David Thomas
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